Sustainability Practices

BCIT sustainability and facilitesFacilities and Campus Development is committed to sustainable practices and standards across all areas of operation in support of BCIT's vision and commitment to integrating sustainability into the Institute.

Here are some of the practices and standards that we currently employ:

Energy management

Every year, we undertake diverse energy management initiatives that require detailed planning, implementation, management and reporting across our campuses. These initiatives result in benefits for the Institute, the BCIT community and the environment.

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Maintenance planning and trades services

Facilities Services is working towards implementing LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. LEED for Existing Buildings allows Facilities staff to evaluate operations, improvements and maintenance with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

Integrated Design Standards (IDS) are also applied to maintenance projects and major equipment upgrading and replacement initiatives. IDS ensures that energy performance characteristics, life cycle impacts, cost effectiveness, serviceability and reliability are all key considerations when selecting replacement systems and equipment. Lowest initial cost is not always the appropriate solution.

Custodial

Custodial services follow a LEED for Existing Buildings: Green Cleaning program in the SW1 Gateway Building. Plans are underway to deploy the program across all five campuses. The program only permits use of environmentally approved cleaning products. The intent is to reduce the use of chemicals and toxins that can hurt human health, building finishes, indoor air quality and the environment.

Waste management

Effective waste management is the result of the following initiatives:

Grounds, landscaping and pest control

Our sustainable approach to grounds, landscaping and pest control includes:

New buildings

Project Services targets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold, or equivalent, standard for all new, Ministry funded, buildings. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED Gold is obtained when a project earns 39 - 51 points on the rating system.

Long range plans

Campus development produces long range plans based on sustainable land use principles that will guide the Institute to a greener and more efficient campus. By providing a sound planning framework for future campus development, our long range plans seek to:

Living Lab

The Living Lab is a pan-institutional approach to applied learning that uses the campus as a vehicle to engage students, faculty and staff in resolving real world challenges.

Facilities and Campus Development supports this initiative and has participated in approximately 34 Living Lab projects since 2016.

In 2013, the Institute established a Living Lab Implementation Task Group to develop formal project procedures and protocols. Facilities and Campus Development staff are participating in the Task Group review and look forward to sponsoring future Living Lab projects that support the Institute's core business needs and respect defined timelines and resources.

Sustainability at BCIT

Find out more about other sustainability initiatives at BCIT. Visit the BCIT sustainability website.